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W2K and Linux

By petemcc ·
Hey all,

This is only in part a question about W2K but here it is:

I?ve just finished building my first linux box (mandrake 6.5) and now I would like to know? what do I do with it? I figure I want to connect to my W2K server based LAN and utilize it there somehow, at least for learning?s sake. This is all for use in my home lab, so I?m not overly concerned with boogering it all up and having to start over from a point somewhere beyond scratch. Protocols, DHCP, DNS, file & print services,that sort of thing. Maybe web services? Just where to go for resources about finding my way around the OS would be a great help- but first I want to get it to join my domain.

Thanks,
Pete

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by Philip Reay In reply to W2K and Linux

Hi Pete

I hope this helps, as a few months back, I was playing around with Linux and NT, although I was using Redhat in place of Mandrake, however the principle should be the same.

What you need is a product called SAMBA, but make sure that you have the latest version, else you will run into file share problems.

If you require more information, go to:
http:\\www.computing.net, select site search and enter SAMBA. SAMBA can be downloaded from SAMBA.ORG.

As for another things you cando with you Linux box, the sky is the limit. You can try some of the following:
WWW Server
Streaming Media Server
WWW Proxy (Squid is free and relatively easy)
Play around with it as a firewall (IPCHAINS)

Really anything you want.

Hope this helps
Philip

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by WhW In reply to W2K and Linux

Samba is what you need for connectivity to windows-based networks. For W2k, you will need 2.2.0a or 2.2.1 (2.2.1 was released 7/10/01)

As for resources, Google is an excellent search engine for stuff linux. As are the following sites for all sorts of info: linux.org, linux.com, kernel.org, linuxdoc.org, linuxnewbie.org. Make sure you visit mandrake's site too, because as with any OS there is always errata and updates that get posted after the disto ships.

Tucows is linux-friendly, if you're exploring for new software.

Let your browser do the crawling, explore and have fun.

If you need help tweaking smb.conf, send an email and I'll gladly offer what help I can ... or at least point you toward the right resources if I cant :)Only your imagination is the limit as to what you may accomplish via Linux.

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by WhW In reply to W2K and Linux

If all you want to access, telnet is an option. Personally, I'd use SSH which also opens the possiblity of tunneling your X11 connections. The benefits of which would give you a remote console with which you could linux apps under windows, do remote admin, or another thing you could do sitting directly in front of the box ( who needs PCAnywhere :) )
After I figured out how to do this I installed MS office from my three other machines I have at home and not run StarOffice from anywhere in thehouse this way.

Again... imagination

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by WhW In reply to W2K and Linux

Oops, in my exuberance to respond I seem to have made some grammatical errors. What I meant was "I uninstalled MS office and now use StarOffice via the server."

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by Shepster In reply to W2K and Linux

You have gotten some good answers and they have given some good reference sites, but I want to add that the only reason you would need Samba is to share files between Windows and Linux. It sounds as though you merely wish to be able to access the box from your domain. To do this, you can use it's IP or give it a name and setup a DNS entry on your windows box to point at that name. You can't really "add a Linux box to the domain" as you would a windows box, but you can add it to the DNS and access it via telnet, a web browser or whatever you set it up to do. You could configure it to be a mail server, a web server, a name server, an ftp server, whatever you need and just point to either the IP or the name.

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by petemcc In reply to W2K and Linux

Thanks for the input folks, I?ll be reviewing the information and trying stuff out. I want the leave this posted a little longer and see how things go before awarding points. It?s a busy time now (when isn?t it?) so thanks in advance for your patience.

Pete

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by petemcc In reply to W2K and Linux

Thanks for the information, it looks like I could spend a lot of time with this OS... Hopefully the points get spread out OK.

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